Nicki Minaj Surprises 8-Year-Old YouTube Singer on ‘Ellen’ [Video]

Ellen DeGeneres, Sophia Grace, and Nicki Minaj

Eight-year-old Sophia Grace and her 5-year-old cousin Rosie became overnight sensations when their YouTube cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” went viral, racking up over seven million views. The young girls appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to perform their popular cover before getting a surprise from the Harajuku Barbie herself. Sophia lept into her arms and screamed with excitement upon seeing her idol.

“Within five seconds of seeing this video, I was calling everyone I knew and I was also receiving a billion emails. Everyone is like, ‘You have to see this little girl.’ She blew me away!” said Nicki as Sophia’s father wiped away tears.

She foresees a bright future ahead for Sophia and also shared some advice. “We feel like we’re watching a journey that’s about to be amazing,” added Nicki. “Music is beautiful, but I want you to stay in school. Put your books first and singing second.”

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111 Comments

  1. Yeah4Lu

    cool

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  2. yeni

    over it.

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    Mark Reply:

    @yeni, LOL, you’re a miserable person.

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  3. Stre3t Danc@

    I was expecting this.

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    WaleisDope Reply:

    @Stre3t Danc@,
    Me 2.
    Still cute.
    I like what she told her though.

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    roman zolanski Reply:

    @WaleisDope, thank you

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  4. BLAZE

    O wow super sweet nicki has a great heart

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  5. freakquency

    I am freaked out more than anything else right now 0_O lool but the way the kids are so excited is hilarious! oh wow!

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  6. Dan

    Lol @ the lil girl screaming “Your real, your real!!”…

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  7. Aza

    lol, she nearly attacked nicki!

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  8. latonya

    This is great, i know how much she loves her barbz. Nicki love the kids. beautiful. Sophia definitely deserved it. I’ve seen all her videos, she’s adorable.

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  10. KeepItReal

    ofcourse 5yr olds, love nicki, thats her target audience. shes a big gimmick!! nicki is a 29 yr old cheesy, corny, wack rapper.

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    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Reply:

    @KeepItReal,YUMAD? LOL and she’s about to be 27 sweety.

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    WaleisDope Reply:

    @AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA,
    29 sorry. But Nicki is coo… People luv her whether I do or not.

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    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Reply:

    @WaleisDope, 27 sorry i believe what the mom says before the internet and their’s a video proving she’s about to be 27 check out @mirandarights on youtube

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    TIMMI Reply:

    @AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, 29 love
    Do your research LOL

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    KeepItReal Reply:

    @AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, nicki was born in 1982 which makes her 29 and her music appeals to kindergardeners soooo wack LOL

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    stopidf*ck Reply:

    @KeepItReal, on some keep it real shit what have you done for the kids of the world? You prolly thrash this planet! Or just cant do what she does caus ur a broke ugly ass person why dont you be insperational & not a hateful person smfh at people who are young minded enough to hate on something done for kids fuckin loser!

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  11. >U Mad.

    that was sweat keep doing you nicki.

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  12. Nahjee

    Damn!!! Nicki is EVERYWHERE man but where is lil Kim & kreayshawn at. I’ll wait.. Still waiting.. I’m getting bored.. Let me go make a sandwich real quick cus ya can’t give me a answer.

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    KeepItReal Reply:

    @Nahjee, lil kim paved th way for nicki to be on Ellen hoe, comparing nicki to KIM is like comparing ciara to Janet. Janet dont have music on the radio nor is she all over tv that doesnt take away her greatness as an icon and paving the way for new bitches like ciara

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @KeepItReal, No bicth lil kim’ paved the way for hoes. SuperBass is the biggest record from a female rapperrrrr evverrrrrr. Nicki topped kim with one album #datswhyumad bittchhhhhhh

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    KeepItReal Reply:

    @RomansBack, kim got 4 platinum albums, grammy, and TWO classic albums, if it wasnt for KIM knocking down doors and being a pioneer for female rap, there wont be a sicki garbaj. nicki is pretty much following KIMs blueprint. nicki is a 29year old kiddie rapper, ten years from now she’ll be back in queens, ny. in 2021 nicki would be 39 who wants to hear from her & THATS why YOU mad hoe

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    nicki won Reply:

    @KeepItReal, and your point is i will wait girl stop living in the past its the nicki take over bye hoe!

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @nicki won, Bitch Kim didn’t write that shit, so it do count. It’s nicki time now her career is already better them kim’s & nicki’s future it even brighter. They need to put Raggedy Ann back in jail.

    Steve Reply:

    @KeepItReal, Lmao then why hasn’t Lil Kim been on Ellen ? Letterman 4 TIMES, Jimmy Kimmel, Saturday Night Live, George Lopez, AND Regis & Kelly TWICE. I don’t think so. On top of that she got the Grammy for a Feature so thats really Missy’s Grammy and it takes her Albums over 2 years to go platinum it hasn’t even been a Year since Nicki dropped Pink Friday and its Almost DOUBLE platinum.In a Couple years Nicki will have Grammy’s and more Platinum albums too.

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    jennifer Reply:

    @Steve, Nicki will not be around 5 years from now.When her 11 year old fans stop playing with barbies that’s it for her.

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    Steve Reply:

    @jennifer, Lmao Well “Her Barbies have been Playing” with Barbies for the last THREE years she’s been going strong and doin better than your fave. She’s broken more records in 3 years than your fave has done her whole career so sit.

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    nicki won Reply:

    @KeepItReal, b##ch this dont have s##t to do with lil kim she open the door for nicki and nicki open the door back up for kim they help each other but its only one queen now and its nicki she winning well she already won bye hoe!teamminaj4 life

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  13. Fa

    How come she can rap better than Minaj!???

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    RDK Reply:

    @Fa,and your point?

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    nicki won Reply:

    @Fa, haterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr kill yourself please damn enuff said!

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  14. Nahjee

    Damn!!! Nicki is EVERYWHERE man but where is lil Kim & kreayshawn at. I’ll wait.. Still waiting.. I’m getting bored.. I’m going to go make a sandwich since ya won’t give me a answer

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @Nahjee, Them hoes somewhere gettin’ ready for their funeral, cause nicki gone body they ass on Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded

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    Steve Reply:

    @Nahjee, Hell Yeah #PinkFriday:Roman Reloded IS gonna EAT these bitches alive.

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    dereon Reply:

    @Nahjee, Bol ha ha i kno rye where r theyyyyy

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    nicki won Reply:

    @dereon, teamminaj we the bestest!

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @nicki won, Yall know I had to slay these bicthes on here. Nicki is the Queen of this shit. Now yall sit around & wait 20 yrs for ya fav to drop an album. Nicki is gonna win. No other female rapper will ever be as great as her bicthhhhh.

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  15. sabrina

    This is too sweet.

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  16. MMM HMM

    AWWW HOW SWEET! DID ANYONE NOTICE ONEKA PULLED AN OPRAH??? WHEN TOM CRUISE WAS ACTIN CRAZZZY & KEPT TRYING TO HUG OPRAHS SHE JUST GAVE HIM HER HANDS TO SHAKE, ONEKA DID THE SAME AFTER THE 2ND HUG WHEN THIS CUTE GIRL KEPT GOIN NUTS LOL!!!

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  17. RomansBack

    My bitch Nicki making stars w. her records. No female rapper has ever did that #datswhyumad

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    Cantaly Reply:

    @RomansBack,
    Kim made Nicki…
    #Nuff said

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    nicki won Reply:

    @Cantaly, nicki won already so f##k what u talkin about hater nicki taking female rap to the next level why u here go find kim because shes NOT here!

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @Cantaly, Micheal Jackson made Kim then!

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  18. Onika Carter

    Amazing!!!!!

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  19. edubb

    @KeepItReal, exactly! Even though it was a good look, I don’t like NM, because I feel like she has transformed for the glitz n glamour, Lil kim n Janet still gets love but a lot of it is not on the news ( nor should it) gr8 look for nicki, but don’t act if its not seen its not happening! Because I just found out Lil kim did a lot of Make a wish appearences back in the day because it wasnt broadcast to the world! Let nicki fulfill lil girls dreams, and Lil kim also give love n get love back!

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @edubb, Nicki’s ass is more relevant then lil kim’ bitch. Lil’ Kim will never have a little girl reciting them sex bars.

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    jennifer Reply:

    @RomansBack, But Nicki have little girls saying,”Let me put this p*ssy on your side burns”,”he might sell coke” and “yes you’ll get slapped if you’re lookin’ h*e”,and calling girls nappy headed h*es.

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @jennifer, It’s okay jennifer… Nicki is winning. Lil’ Kim was winning in the 1800′s.

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    edubb Reply:

    @RomansBack, uhm, even though I don’t condone it, I have seen it.. trust me :)

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    WOW Reply:

    @edubb, Please stop putting Janet Jackson and Lil kim in the same sentence because Janet has achieved way more than Lil kim with one album. Janet is a legend in music period Lil kim is just legend in Female rap not even hip hop as a whole. Also Lil kim hasn’t even been recognized or awarded for her “legendary Status” in the Hip Hop Game. While Janet received numerous awards for her contributions to music. So stop, Lil kim Peaked in the late 1990s and continued to fall year after year She can’t go on a Sold out world Tour in Big Arenas like Janet can.

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    sa-de Reply:

    @WOW, Thank you.
    That’s all I got to say

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    nicki won Reply:

    @edubb, is that why you mad! f##k kim real talk we on to the next

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  20. >U Mad.

    i like when she told them to stay in school school first and singing second,that,s Nicki,s angle drive that school in there heads yes nicki props for that,knowledge is power,no matter how skill you are on the mic and you don’t have an education you will be prone to making wrong moves,wrong business moves,people will always have you like a poppet on a string no matter what craft what career you pursuing in life education is the key,them kids did good on not saying certain words of the song but not all got muffled,that,s why nicki ask them to sing the bridge only,they did a good job though on the cover of the song, they are stars in the making they are so bright,with the right guidance they will do great and have a bright future,adorable kids,good looking out Nicki keep doing you.

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  21. Songstress

    That little is amazing !!!! Once her voice matures I think she will do the industry some good ! Nicki is such an amazing person it seems ! I love seeing things like this ! & Ellen is always on YouTube LOL…. I love it !

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  22. kb

    this was so cute! i’m not even a huge Nicki fan but i really loved this, that little girl was happy :)

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  23. Sharp Tongue

    Aw, tears Nicki is the bestest superstar status.

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  24. Kemi

    when she hugs nicki i was like “aww omg dont pull the wig off please be carful >_< "

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    nicki won Reply:

    @Kemi, lol i know right

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  25. Outspoken

    That was sweet…but 8 years old O_o ?? A Side-eye is due for her parents.

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  26. Outspoken

    ..and a 5 year old Smh

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  27. Ice

    That was inspiring, made my day.

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  28. thelonelyboner//tumblr

    Omg, why can’t people just shut up about lil kim and nicki…Damn, Yes lil kim paved the way for nicki, but also queen latifah, salt n pepa, mc lyte, da brat brat and missy elliot. Nicki payed homage before, now move on….We all know lil kim is great, and so is nicki…

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    nicki won Reply:

    @thelonelyboner//tumblr, well put damn we all are over the lil kim bulls##t nicki on her own s##t!

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  30. Mia

    She is no role model.

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    nicki won Reply:

    @Mia, and u need to role because u no model bad b###hes only lmao!bye hoe

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  31. Layla

    I would not have my 10 year old daughter singing,”He might sell coke”,”You’ll get slap for lookin,h*e.”

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    nicki won Reply:

    @Layla, girllllllllllllll bye kids know more than that now days u a hater bye on to the next!

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  32. kerihilsonsecondcomingofmj

    CLONE CLOWN

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    nicki won Reply:

    @kerihilsonsecondcomingofmj, it i had a gun i will pull it out and shoot u with it!nicki#1 hoe

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    mnm Reply:

    @kerihilsonsecondcomingofmj, says the Keri Flopson fan.

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @kerihilsonsecondcomingofmj, Where Has-Beennnn at bitch?

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  33. BlackBarbie

    So these CHILDREN can use profanity and vulgarity but Willow is TOO YOUNG to perform and Willow sings positive music. GTFOH!

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    RDK Reply:

    @BlackBarbie,you Kim fans always be trying to cloud nickis day.

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  34. Latonya

    @ everybody i think the only song this EIGHT YEAR OLD knows is superbass. Its a fun , cute super girly song with a popin, bubble gum beat and this little girl fell in love with it like most of us have

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  35. lmaoooo

    omggggggggg i thought that was so fuckinnnnn cuteeeeeeeee

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  36. lmaoooo

    omgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

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  37. Jrizzel88

    That was too ill….Nicki did a wonderful thing. That girl will NEVER forget that moment

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  38. idk

    i dont know y everyone say nicki cant sing cus she sounded rlly good on this ,i think she just sound bad on performances cus she dancing and stuff ,,but this rlly cute though and im glad nicki did this for one of her fans

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  40. A Realist

    Awww. I’m glad she’s such a positive person and promotes getting an education.

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  41. nicki won

    A NICKI U REALLY THE QUEEN REAL TALK AND TEAMMINAJ LOVE YOU SOMEBODY GET THAT GIRL HER CROWN PLEASE LMAOOOOOOOOO!

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    RomansBack Reply:

    @nicki won, Nicki showing these Rap Bitches how to really be an ICON

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  42. Shaa-chan

    What a day for these kids to remember! I loved the hugs and the kisses. I loved seeing their parents crying. Such a good moment for everyone! I swoon super hard for Nicki! <3

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  43. Rosa

    OMG SHE WAS SO EXCITED WHEN ELLEN TOLD HER IF SHE WANTED TO MEET NICKI… YOU GO GIRL!

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  44. Kyle

    At first I was a little disturbed that this little girl knew all the words to a Nicki Minaj song but Nicki was really sweet and encouraging. I can’t get over how excited and innocent that little girl is! haha

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  45. From Tokyo

    Wait, no hate on Nicki but why do these children even know who Nicki Minaj is? smh

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  46. Ross

    I feel sorry for that girls parents, she is a hyper mess.

    Also great parenting letting them listen to rap. Its not ok for her to be singing some of the lyrics. Talking about “when he makes it drip”, “might sell coke”

    Anywho thats the parents of today for you.

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  47. Martha

    So much fun and so cute! Be inspired by the energy and imagination of an 8 year old. She is not analyzing the lyrics, she is letting her heart sing and that is something a lot of adults give up on too easily!

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  48. Kendra

    I read everything then thought I would leave my own replay… You know how many young kids play this kind of music and still you feel the need to talk bad about her Please you all need to take a step back and look around kids are all growing up way to fast and maybe you should ask the younger kids who they like I’m sure you will get a shock. And just because a 5 year old likes her music does not mean she is a bad person are her mom and dad are bad its all over just like sex is in all the movies now. and just because the girl is 5 does not mean she is dumb she knows how to turn a tv and play music all by her self.

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  49. Onika Carter

    love it!!!!

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  50. Keenan.

    I feel it was a little awkward they knew who Nicki Minaj was, I thought it was sosososo adorable when she made those girls’ day, and it’s so EPIC that when Nicki told the girls they were getting a shopping spree for anything the girl just wanted her album. That’s big. #TeamMinaj

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  51. trulo

    if a rapper has a 9 year old lil girl jumping up and down for them… sorry they are a wack ass clown rapper..

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    Tamar Reply:

    @trulo, lmfao so year olds cant be a fan? bitch you wack. EVERY. EVERY EVERY EVERY singer/rapper/actor/wtfever has a fan under ten years old. Shut the hell up and stop hating.

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  52. eliana

    AM THE SECOND NICKI MINAJ HAHAHAHA

    SO CUTE

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  53. dwaynebhalai@yahoo.com

    The little lady bud kool i like it

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  54. kenyata ortiz

    I was really amazed of this little girl i have two girls of my own 12yr and 8yr and they sang this song to deaf,And im sure every little girls dream of meetin Nicki Minaj… She’s like the next dream Barbie that every little girl would luv to have. HMMM mayb that may be the next idea making a New Nicki Minaj Barbie, i’m sure she’ll put Barbie an Ken out of bussiness..LOL

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  55. jazzy

    bitch yuu trash

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  56. Nicki 2

    I love nicki,she is my role model and i love to be like her, good job nicky.(12 year old)

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  59. ashley

    aw thats sooo cute .. that lil girl is so cute i i wish i can sing like her ,, showin love

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  60. zairionna yhu

    I was in tears watching this! Nicki is D’Mazingly Stunning! and the girls are too– Speechless!! and she really made me cry when she tells them to stay in school (keep books first & singing second). I think I have really fallen for her all the way now! It’s things like this matters most!

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